Google Pulls Out Saudi Business Conference Amid Missing Journalist Scandal

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Later Monday, a person familiar with the Saudi government's plans said that Khashoggi was mistakenly killed during an interrogation ordered by a Saudi intelligence official who was a friend of the crown prince.

In this December 15, 2014 file photo, Jamal Khashoggi, then general manager of a new Arabic news channel speaks during a press conference, in Manama, Bahrain.

The Times of Israel reported that Iran also may have reached a deal with Russia last month to take delivery of Iranian crude oil and then refine it and sell it to global buyers, in yet another possible scheme to bypass us sanctions by "laundering" the oil through Russian markets.

A Turkish official and a security source told Reuters on Monday that the authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, without providing further details.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer". Video footage showed him arriving but not departing.

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A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the building - the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on October 2.

The possible curtailment of production by Saudi Arabia, which has in recent months boosted its exports to the United States, partly in response to Mr Trump's calls to slow the oil price rally will come amid declining supply from Iran. US President Donald Trump told CBS on Saturday he would inflict "severe punishment" against Saudi Arabia if it was found to be behind Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports. "He didn't really know, maybe - I don't want to get into his mind but it sounded to me - maybe these could have been rogue killers".

Amidst global outrage, CNN on Monday reported that the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Mr Pompeo was expected in Turkey on Wednesday to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, after talks in Riyadh.

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The search came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman also had their first telephone talks since the controversy erupted, in what appeared to be a conciliatory conversation according to official readouts. The Saudi government, it said, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the bungled operation.

The problem with that is that there's been already a lot of questions about Mohammed bin Salman. "The US must not be complicit in an effort to cover up this heinous crime", he said.

Saudi stocks have also been hit, suffering days of heavy losses, but made a strong comeback on Monday with the Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) rising more than four percent. "We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial". "It would lead to Saudi Arabia's failure to commit to producing 7.5 million barrels".

Khashoggi has written extensively for the Washington Post about Saudi Arabia, criticising its war in Yemen, the recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a driving ban for women.

Britain, France and Germany also released a rare joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi's disappearance "with the utmost seriousness" and calling for a "credible investigation". But Trump was already facing pressure from some in Congress to respond to the Saudis with economic sanctions.

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